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Mobile Phone Review: Samsung E900

Story added: 13 Aug 2006 20:52. Last updated: 30 Aug 2006 12:31.

Don't press my buttons... just gently touch my face. It's the new touch sensitive Samsung E900

It's not just LG's KG800 Chocolate phone that offers a buttonless front display, now Samsung has waded it with its E900 effort. But can the South Korean manufacturer behind the hugely popular D600 model steal the show? We get dialling to find out.

The E900 is a a Tri-Band GSM (900/1800/1900MHz) EDGE phone with GPRS capabilities and remarkably very much like the D600 in its ethos as it is the Chocolate phone in its design.

The phone offers a limited feature set on the top of the model, while a quick slide of the display reveals a keypad hidden underneath.

However rather than a big bulky design, the E900 is considerably thinner than the D600 and this is mainly due to the lack of buttons on the front of the phone as well as some other behind the scenes changes.

Where the D600 featured rather clunky buttons on the front of the slider design, on the E900 they have been replaced by touch sensitive ones and means that you merely have to press the casing to access the function you want rather than an actual button.

Unfortunately Samsung hasn't taken this perhaps as far as it could have in our mind, so a key dpad and OK button are still present.

Slide the bright crisp 2-inch 240x320 262K Colour TFT screen back and you are presented with a small, but easy to use keypad with no additional buttons - these are on top. Realising that any phone with either a camera or MP3 player must have direct access buttons, Samsung has tucked these out of the way on the side of the handset.

Featuring a 2 megapixel camera, the E900 is keen to promote itself as more than just a phone images can be stored on either the phone's internal 80MB memory or directly on to an optional micro SD slot.

However it's not all good news. For some reason there is a slight delay in pressing the button to activate the camera and the software actually loading. This slowness is certainly noticeable against other Samsung models we've tested, most specifically the D600. The slowness also affects the shutter lag on the camera and in our tests we noticed that it took a long time to take an image after we pressed the shutter button.

Of course taking photographs isn't all the E900 can do and taking advantage of its internal memory and micro SD slot the phone also features a MP3 player and speaker so you can share the love.

The player supports all the usual suspects including MP3/AAC/ACC+/AAC+(e)/WM playback and you can transfer tracks to the phone via bluetooth or USB.

THE GOOD
Bright screen, touch sensitive, two megapixel camera

THE BAD
Camera isn't as good as it should have been, some will say you've opted for a Chocolate phone copycat

WE SAY
It might be a copycat, but its still likely to be one of "The" phones of the year.

VERDICT
As the successor to the D600 the E900 ticks all the boxes, the interface although retro in its design is easy to use and will be second nature to other Samsung users, who liked the idea of the chocolate phone however weren't too sure of the interface.

As for a style icon, like the Chocolate phone, the SGH-E900 does a good job, the touch sensitive screens passed the wow factor down the pub, while the large screen meant seeing anything you're doing also got the thumbs up.

However where the Samsung E900 wins out is its feature set: 2 megapixels compared to 1.3, in-built loud speaker and like the D600 a TV out connection to share photos and video with others.

It might be a copycat, but its still likely to be one of "The" phones of the year.

The review was provided by www.Pocket-lint.co.uk the leading website for gadget news and reviews in the UK.

For more mobile phone reviews, click here.

Reporting by Stuart Miles

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Comments

26 Comments

PLEASE HELPP!

HOW CAN I CHANGE THE INTERNET SETTINGS SO IT WILL LET ME ON THE INTERNET!!!!

hannah, , 07/3/09 15:53

!

I have this phone, and to be honest its crap! don't buy it! i keep trying to get the internet up but it just says: check your WAP profile!? what does this mean!? can anyone help me please!!!!

hannah x

Hannah, 07/3/09 15:50

bad bluetooth

bluetooth on phone do not connect with computer to use internet. i do not know dial number to connect internect.

philip, 19/10/08 17:14

Lol

This phone came with porn!
Disgusting.

Anon, 18/5/08 17:03

wat must i choose???

i duno hey....its a tough choice i was thinking ether between da d900i or this fone but all my friends have the d900i and it works so nicely and i recently had the u700 and the touch screem was flipping annoying!it wud fone ppl and evrytin so i tink im going 4 da d900i....whos in with me??
:)

liza, 08/4/08 21:21

brilliant

i dont care what people think the buttons are fantastic, stop being such babies, u should definately GET THIS PHONE

Anon, 25/3/08 14:44

gays

goede mobiel gays

Anon, 17/3/08 07:11

Buy

I gonna buy one tommorow :)

Jeroen, 27/2/08 18:27

internet does not work

i tried to access the internet on my phone but it will not open can u send some links to help me set the internet right on my phone samsung E900

shena, 24/1/08 03:05

samsung e900

hiya can some 1 tell me shall i get a samsung e900 r they gud wud i be wastin my money is the cam gud can u change the colour of the skin on the phone

gemma, 21/11/07 14:57

NO

the phone is rubbish. trust me, my fingers are tiny, so your boyfriend will probably end up smashing his phone in frustration

Anon, 07/10/07 14:22

stupid buttons

rubbish annoying phone
DO NOT GET! I REPEAT, DO NOT GET!

TOUCH BUTTONS ARE RUBBISH! DO NOT GET!
I BEG YOU! DO NOT GET! THE PHONE IS RUBBISH! DO NOT GET! PLEASE DO NOT GET!

Anon, 07/10/07 14:21

ok for my boyfriend?

would this fone be ok for my boy-friend?

please reply!!

Anon, 07/10/07 00:22

My E900

i have just got and E900 at first i didnt like the touch screen as i kept nocking it and erasing what i was doing. But now i know how to hold my hand the in the correct place so i don't nock the buttons and then it gets a habbit anyway, i strongly suggest this phone for woman and my age group (11-12)

Aimee, 29/9/07 09:36

Text Message Ringtones

The only thing i hate about this phone is that u cant but a ringtone as a text message tone! Well i don't think u can. Please can someone tell me if i can and how to do it? Thanks

nicola, 16/9/07 14:52

Has it got a lot of mem

i like this phone my mate has it im thinking or buying it for christams has it got a lot of memeory?

georgina, 31/8/07 10:11

luv it

im thinkin of buyin dis fone it just looks soooo kl nd im gettin it dis week sumtime becouse my mum nd dad promised luv u samsung e900 or either u600

yazzy, 12/7/07 13:42

shall i buy da phone

some people say yes to buyin da phone others say no i really want to know if its gud or bad i sort o realyy wnt to by it but hve doubt can sum1 pleeze tell me reall shud i get 1

jenna, 05/6/07 17:29

Thumbs up 4 this phone

The camera is a bit slow, but once u get used to this phone you will realize that it is indeed one of the wonders of this world. ***** 5 stars for this phone

James, 20/5/07 11:26

the buttons

I HATE THIS PHONE ITS BUTTONS ARE ANNOYIN AND SUMTIMES IT DOESENT WRK PROPERLY FREEZIN OUT ALL THE TIME I JUST WISH NO ON GETS ONE THEYRE HORRIBLE SO DONT WASTE YRE MONEY

Anon, 19/5/07 10:48

e900

i sort of luv this phone its sleek and elegant i wopuld luv it more if it wasnt for the fact that sumtimes the buttons are annoyin and you may have to go to the repair shp has its gone messed but even with these factors i luv its design and hpe everyone will get it tooo frm zuzi

Anon, 19/5/07 10:43

How do i play music on my phone?

Ok, i might be being simple, but i cant seem to make any songs play on my phone. Iv managed to get them onto my phone via bluetooth, and the song comes up on the screen, but no noise comes out. What am i doing wrong?

Bex, 13/5/07 20:15

useless on playing music

ive got one and i agree with the comment about the sms but (now i found out how to set wallpapers to full view) i am very pleased with it although the speaker when playing mp3 files is not very loud at full volume (it is drowned out by all my friends phones which are louder)also when i managed to put files from discs via itunes onto my phone i was not able to set these as a ringtone (only mp3) i think these files from discs are called m4a?

Anon, 10/4/07 23:14

Re : Wallpapers

Yes you can fit wallpapers so they fill the whole screen. Here's how;

1) Go to the folder that contains the image. E.G "Downloaded Images".

2) Open the image and press the ZOOM IN button (on the side of the phone) until the photo fills the screen.

3) Now press "Options", then "Set As" and now select "Main Display".

4) A message appears asking "Set as Wallpaper? Standard Ratio View?" make sure the box is left UNTICKED. And then press "Yes"

5) The wallpaper should now fit the whole screen! :)

Anon, 28/3/07 19:17

Wallpapers

Anybody know how to put wallpapers so they fit the screen perfectly?

Anon, 06/3/07 18:07

Useless

Just try to write a SMS - one wrong move or slight touch of a wrong button - and the message??????s gone! Just a nice looking toy!

Vanya, 28/9/06 11:49

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